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*Terry Crews, a former NFL player, says he understands how athletes like Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson can take a violent left turn in their personal lives. He says it all boils down to displaced anger.

“To get to be a professional athlete, it takes anger,” he said during a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday. “You have to be angry, because somebody counts you out, and they said, ‘You’ll never make it, you won’t do it,’ and that gets you up at four in the morning. You work out for three, four hours on anger. There’s power in anger. The problem is when you make it, you’re still angry,” he said.

Crews, the new host of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” says athletes also have a tendency to turn the anger they have for haters toward their own loved ones.

“Society has said you’re nothing, you’re nothing to us. Then [athletes] go, ‘I made it! I made it!’ But what happens is now that anger is turned on their family, the anger is turned on their friends. And I was that guy. I could easily have been a Ray Rice,” he said. “I’m not even joking. I am that guy who had that kind of anger. But what happened is I ended up alone. When you’re by yourself and when you’re sitting there and your kids don’t want to be around you and your wife is like, ‘Bye buddy, I’m out, I’ll be over here,’ you realize, wait a minute, man, I don’t want to be like this.

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